AARP welcomes new BPU president Richard Mroz, and looks forward to working with him on key utility and telecommunications issues that affect all New Jerseyans, including our 50+ residents. We call on President Mroz to quickly address two critically important issues, the resolutions for each are long overdue.

It’s been 3 years since the beginning of the current JCP&L case, and over that time the Board has received evidence that the company has earned more than $200 million more than it is entitled by law. Yet still, customers have not seen rate decreases to try to make things right. Meanwhile, JCP&L is asking for another rate increase. And the BPU also must address the unsettling situation surrounding our copper landline telephone system.

A new AARP public opinion poll of NJ residents 50+ shows that over 90% of respondents still rely on their copper landline. Yet the BPU has ignored calls to step in while those landlines are not being maintained, and not being restored where needed, and in some cases are being replaced by inferior, unregulated technology that does NOT fulfill these providers’ legal obligations to provide affordable, reliable phone service.

We hope President Mroz will address these critical issues soon as each day we wait NJ residents are being hurt.

 

Jeff Abramo

Communications Director

AARP New Jersey

Princeton